On Saturday the sixteenth of May, I sat with my fiancee enjoying a few birthday cocktails in Glasgow city centre. She then excitedly poked my arm and told me to turnaround. Before I had a chance I heard a familiar accent greeting the gentleman sitting just behind me.
I recognised the voice of my hero; Ally McCoist. I casually looked over my shoulder and saw Ally, complete with beard, sitting down and chatting enthusiastically to his friend. Just as my fiancee was asking ‘Is he still on gardening leave?’ McCoist ordered a bottle of rose champagne.
Gardening leave was clearly agreeing with the fifty-two year old but I imagine he’d have still given his right arm to be at Ibrox the next day and coaching his side through the play-offs.
Dave King and Paul Murray have recently suggested that they’d like Mr McCoist to consider accepting a compromise when it came to reaching a settlement with his contract.
King was very diplomatic when talking about the scenario but it was also a bit engineered…
“The fact is Ally is entitled to his money. That was the deal so I don’t think there is any situation to be resolved.
“The question is can one ask him to accommodate the club? He doesn’t have an obligation, doesn’t owe anything to the club.
“It’s a question of whether the club can convince him that, under the new regime, he should give some satisfaction, so to speak.”
Many have questioned McCoist’s stance and some have gone as far as suggesting that the former striker risks losing his legendary status with the clubs support.
Now even if ‘Super Ally’ decides against doing a deal with messrs King and Murray, that decision won’t stop him being Rangers all-time leading goalscorer, winner of nine top flight titles or winner of ten domestic trophies. It also won’t erase the twenty-seven goals McCoist scored against Old Firm rivals Celtic during his fifteen year Gers career.
The fact is that Alistair Murdoch McCoist stood by Rangers Football Club during their darkest days. When various toxic regimes were dragging the club through the mud, the legendary striker turned gaffer was usually the only one left standing being a voice for the fans.
Was Ally the greatest of managers?
Nope. But he also wasn’t helped. For much of the time he had no scouting network put in place. He was constantly facing troublesome directors constantly trying to knife him in the back or short change the fans.
So yes McCoist wasn’t a fantastic manager but he was most certainly a superb ambassador for the club when they needed him the most.
he also managed to guide Rangers beyond the lowest two tiers of Scottish football and get Rangers up to the Championship.
McCoist had a contract and as Dave King has pointed out Rangers are obliged to honour it.
People will say that McCoist has earned more than his fair share in the past three years but would you walk away from a job, where you gave everything and are owed more than just gratitude?
As Rangers announce yet another general meeting, I think the new board have more on their plate than trying to do a deal with Ally McCoist.
Respect his decision and leave him be.